Fram Whitewater 108-Well Master Development Plan


The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office (GJFO) released their revised Environmental Assessment (EA) for Fram Operating, LLC’s Whitewater Unit Master Development Plan. The MDP calls for drilling 108 new wells from 12 new well pads. The BLM originally published an EA for the MDP in 2014. Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of CHC, Citizens for Clean Air, and Western Colorado Congress, filed a State Director Review in 2015. The decision was remanded to the Grand Junction Field Office for failure to analyze hydraulic fracturing.

The BLM addressed hydraulic fracturing as instructed in the State Director’s Decision, and also addressed other public comments in this revision. However, the current EA still has problems and the complexity of the 108-well project merits a full Environmental Impact Statement. The Fram Whitewater Unit Boundary is in Mesa and Delta County. However, the proposed 108-well master development plan, the Fram Whitewater Project Area is only in Mesa County.

We take issue with this proposed development because its first phase will impact Delta County’s air, water, and food, and will lay the groundwork for future expansion into the remainder of the unit Boundary and Delta County.

The comment deadline is August 28, 2017.


Submit this letter to the BLM to protect Delta County.


The Environmental Assessment is available at

You can draft your own personal letter and submit comments to the BLM at: or via US mail at:

The Bureau of Land Management
Attn: Kathryn Stevens, Whitewater MDP
2300 River Frontage Road
Silt, CO 81652

Please copy CHC on comments at:


For more information:

Fact Sheet: Fram Whitewater Master Development Plan